- Associated Press - Wednesday, June 1, 2016

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - The Indian Health Service is extending the deadline for health care organizations to submit proposals to provide telehealth services at some of its facilities.

In early May, the IHS issued a request for proposals from providers to offer telehealth care at its seven hospitals and other facilities in Iowa, Nebraska, South Dakota and North Dakota. The deadline to submit proposals has been extended from June 6 to July 7.

The IHS provides health care to enrolled members of Native American tribes as part of treaty obligations. The agency is looking to expand telehealth care in the wake of federal inspections that uncovered serious quality-of care-deficiencies at some of its facilities.

Telehealth services are expected to expand access to specialty care at IHS facilities, which are primarily located in remote locations.

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